Bajrang Dal leader held, bailed out
Ahmedabad, December 12: Bajrang Dal city president Babubhai Patel alias Babu Bajrangi was arrested and bailed out on Tuesday, three days after he thrashed students of Gujarat and Sahjanand colleges here. Police are yet to arrest four members of Durga Vahini who had also taken the law in their hands.
A local court had released Bajrangi on bail, after he was arrested from his office in Naroda today.
‘‘I won’t just court arrest. To save the honour of daughters, I will even sacrifice myself. If need be, we will take the law in our hands again,’’ Bajrangi told mediapersons, on his way to court.
‘‘The police should have performed the job. We will resort to immolation if the police does not take action against those harassing women,’’ he added.
Meanwhile, the National Student Union of India (NSUI) has taken upon itself the task of checking harassment. They plan to form a task force in each college to tackle this issue. NSUI president, in-charge of Gujarat University, Vanrajsinh Chavda said, ‘‘We strongly condemn the action taken by Bajrang Dal and other groups. It is not legally right to hit innocent students in college premises for an alleged case of harassment.’’
The task force will also check the entry of unauthorised groups in colleges, added Chavda.
He said that the force will comprise of five members — an NCC cadet, an NSS member, general secretary, a class representative and an NSUI office-bearer.
‘‘Their job will be to stop a person from harassing females. If necessary, the issue will be brought to the notice of the college principal. If the youth does not stop his act, then the task force will lodge a police complaint against him,’’ Chavda said.
According to Chavda, they have begun approaching college principals and are receiving a good response. ‘‘In two days, we have formed task forces in six colleges,’’ he added.
Meanwhile, VHP secretary Ashwin Patel and Bajrang Dal president Amrutji Thakor, in a joint press release issued on Tuesday, demanded the withdrawal of all charges levelled against workers of Bajrang Dal and Durga Vahini. The two had demanded the arrest of Muslim youths, who allegedly harassed college-going girls.
They also said that Bajrang Dal would organise agressive programmes ‘‘against the harassment of Hindu college girls by Muslim youths.’’
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